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Mexican American Civil Rights Institute (MACRI) hosts successful virtual launch

First Published August 28th –

“On behalf of the Mexican American Civil Rights Institute (MACRI), we want to thank everyone that participated in the Somos MACRI virtual launch on Friday, August 14th. We are very pleased to share that the event reached over 25,000 viewers on Facebook that day, and the viewer reach has almost doubled in the two weeks since the event!

The half-day Somos MACRI virtual launch featured panels on the intersections of Mexican American civil rights history and the public humanities, public education, and ongoing struggles for social justice, and a presentation from MACRI’s founding board on the mission, vision, and guiding principles of this new national organization.

Respected leaders in education, public policy, and community advocacy from San Antonio and throughout the country, participated in the event’s panels, which are still available for viewing on MACRI’s Facebook page and YouTube page.  Featured speakers included Dr. Stephen Pitti of Yale University, Dr. David Montejano of the University of California, Berkeley, Celina Moreno, President and CEO of the Intercultural Development Research Association (IDRA), and Rosie Castro, civil rights activist and former Bexar County Chair of La Raza Unida Party, and many more! 

MACRI had over two dozen community leaders submit video messages that shared stories, photographs, memorabilia, and messages of support for the institute dedicated to chronicling the history of Mexican American civil rights. MACRI has posted several of these videos, and we will continue to release more of them on the Facebook page over the next several weeks.

We were blown away by the public response to our virtual launch at a local and national level, and look forward to maintaining that momentum with a slate of upcoming virtual programs. Be sure to follow MACRI on Facebook and visit our website,, for more information about these upcoming events and future programming.”

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Start at Zero Virtual Circle Time

Come give your child the opportunity to practice the skills they need for preschool & kindergarten. Start at Zero will have:

  • Story/Music Time
  • Activity
  • Practice with other children
  • Ideas for continuing the learning

Starting September 1st!

  • Tuesday-Friday 11am-11:15am
  • Tuesday & Thursday (English)
  • Wednesday (Bilingual)
  • Friday (Spanish
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ATE-K/KACTE Fall Virtual Conference

Complimentary Conference Registration with Membership

The Association of Teacher Educators – Kansas  (ATE-K)


Friday, November 6, 2020 

The Association of Teacher Educators – Kansas (ATE-K) invites teacher educators and related professionals to register (click here for conference registration) for the 2020 ATE-K/KACTE Fall Virtual Conference, Advocating for Teacher Education: Impacting Research, Policy, & Practice. 

The ATE-K/ KACTE Conference will be held virtually on Friday, November 6, 2020.  We have a wonderful selection of conference speakers.  Participants will select break-out sessions during the online registration process.  

This year we are offering complimentary registration to all ATE-K Members however, event registration is required.  Conference zoom links and information will be sent to all registrants 2-3 days prior to the event.   

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Seeking Board Members: School of Economics

It’s official! The School of Economics at UMB is now open and ready to provide financial education programs to thousands of students from across the Kansas City area. We recently had the chance to celebrate‡ this milestone with the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Quinton Lucas and dozens of other community and business leaders with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

At UMB, we have always believed it is critical for children to learn the basics of personal finance and money management. So, when the opportunity arose to help the School of Economics‡ expand and open a second location onsite at UMB, we knew it was a perfect fit. By bringing its programming to downtown, we are able to help School of Economics eventually double its impact and provide financial education to even more Kansas City students.

School of Economics takes an innovative and responsive approach to tackling one of this region’s most important community needs — financial education. The program introduces students to small business management, supply and demand, customer service and important money management skills. It has been our honor to work with School of Economics and to show the community the true impact it has on our youth.

The real-world experience kids have at School of Economics introduces them to career options, develops leadership skills, encourages teamwork and lets them be in charge and learn about personal finances — all while tackling challenges and enjoying the rewards of running a business. I invite you to read more about the School of Economics in the links below, and hear remarks by Mayor Lucas, the KC Chamber and School of Economics leadership from the ribbon cutting ceremony in the video.   

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Interested Board Members candidates can reach out to Sheyvette Dinkens at

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LEANLAB Launches Pilot School Program

LEANLAB believes that the time to innovate is now.  In 2020, we’ve seen first-hand that breakthroughs in teaching and learning require the collective expertise of our community. The sudden switch from in-person to virtual instruction required administrators, educators, students and parents to devote tremendous collaborative efforts toward reinventing school structures, while simultaneously navigating systemic barriers, such as the digital divide and the challenges at-home-school environments can present.

This context has informed some new features of our 2020-21 Pilot School Program that we are excited to share.  We are looking to select a small cohort of Pilot School Partners that will complete a 9-month innovation and pilot process, inclusive of community voice.  The pilot school program this year is, therefore, a longer, deeper and more inclusive process that we hope will yield more democratic participation in the design of solutions and decision-making.  Schools will be designated a LEANLAB Pilot School Partner, a unique distinction for school communities finding breakthroughs in the field of education.  LEANLAB Pilot Schools also receive a grant up to $25k as compensation for their time and contributions to the innovation process.